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Real life is rarely as exciting or fraught with complications as the movies, except when it comes to businesses under attack. Cybercriminals around the world take hacking to the next level — stealing passwords, scraping credit card numbers and attacking the Internet of Things. That’s where “ethical hackers” like Sherri Davidoff come in, finding weaknesses and helping businesses protect themselves and their communities. Davidoff is a cybersecurity and digital forensics expert and CEO of LMG Security and BrightWise Inc. She has worked with businesses and organizations for several years, evaluating security systems and data breach responses. A Source: National Retail Federation Date: May 16th, 2019 Link: https://nrf.com/blog/behind-business-hacking Discussion
  1. The hackers “kept to normal U.S. business schedules. ” Why is this an important part of criminal hacking?
  2. Then they sent me a fake invoice that said, “Hey, can you send our payment to this other place?”  How could you train users to not be conned by this?

Posted by & filed under Cybersecurity, System development.

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A security lapse at Canada’s fourth largest cell network, Freedom Mobile, exposed customer data.

Security researchers Noam Rotem and Ran Locar found an Elasticsearch server leaking five million logs containing customer data. The server wasn’t protected with a password, allowing anyone to access the data.

Source: Tech Crunch

Date: May 11th, 2019

Link: https://techcrunch.com/2019/05/07/freedom-mobile-data-leak/

Discussion

  1. What sorts of failures in systems design and systems implementation lead to customer data being on a server that is not protected?
  2. How could a company avoid this glaringly obvious mistake?

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It’s one of the fastest growing technology companies in the world.

Customers took more than five billion rides on the service last year, spending almost $50 billion US in the process.

And each and every time someone ordered up one of the company’s services — the company lost about 58 cents.

Source: CBC News

Date: May 11th, 2019

Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/uber-technology-ipo-1.5084575

Discussion

  1. Why is Uber considered a tech company?
  2. What is it about tech companies that makes people want to invest in them?

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Facebook has been accused of “auto-generating” extremist content, including a celebratory jihadist video and a business page for al-Qaeda. The material was uncovered by an anonymous whistleblower who filed an official complaint to US regulators. Similar content for self-identified Nazis and white supremacist groups was also found online. Facebook said it had got better at deleting extreme content but its systems were not perfect. Source: BBC Technology News Date: May 11th, 2019 Link: https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-48217827 Discussion
  1. Facebook says that its “systems are not perfect”, but how can it be making such mistakes?
  2. What steps could you make to improve the Facebook systems?

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For sale: shares in a company that has already burned through $27bn (£20.7bn; €24bn) in cash, will burn through tens of billions more of its new shareholders’ money, has never made a profit and won’t for many years – if ever. Sounds too bad to be true, but that is precisely what is on offer when Uber shares start trading today. It seems impossible to imagine why anyone would want to buy them, and yet market watchers expect there to be no shortage of people queuing up to buy a slice of a company whose name has become a recognised noun in dozens of languages around the world. Source: BBC Technology News Date: May 11th, 2019 Link: https://www.bbc.com/news/business-48228812 Discussion
  1. What are some points to be made for BUYING shares in Uber?
  2. What are some points to be made for NOT BUYING shares in Uber?

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Daimler is ending sales of its diminutive all-electric smart fortwo cars in the U.S. and Canada, officially pulling the plug on a vehicle that has struggled to gain ground in North America as the German automaker prepares to bring the brand to China.

Source: Tech Crunch

Date: May 3rd, 2019

Link: https://techcrunch.com/2019/04/29/daimler-pulls-the-plug-on-electric-smart-car-sales-in-u-s-canada/

Discussion

  1. Why do you think the sale of this all-electric car stalled in Canada?
  2. Why would this vehicle be a better bet in China?

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Rogers president and CEO Joe Natale at the company's annual general meeting in Toronto on Thursday.

Rogers reported 23,000 net wireless contract additions in the period ended March 31. That’s versus the consensus forecast of analysts for more than 60,000 and well off the 95,000 new post-paid customers in the year earlier first quarter.

The Toronto-based wireless, cable, internet and media company also missed analysts’ forecasts for new subscribers in its internet and cable divisions as it lost a worse-than-forecast 28,000 television customers. Natale said new cable additions were hit by macro-economic factors, including an easing of housing starts.

Source: Toronto Star

Date: May 3rd, 2019

Link: https://www.thestar.com/business/technology/2019/04/18/wireless-weakness-weighs-on-rogers-results.html

Discussion

  1. Why would wireless contracts additions be so slow to grow?
  2. What causes a person to move to a cellphone from a landline phone?

Posted by & filed under app, App Economy, Artificial intelligence.

YOU might expect to hear an angry buzzing when honeybees have been disturbed. But some apiarists reckon they can also deduce the condition of their bees from the sounds they make. A steady hum could be the sign of a contented hive; a change in tone might indicate that the bees are about to swarm. That intuition is about to be put to the test. Soon, beekeepers will be able to try to find out what is troubling a colony by listening to the buzz using a smartphone app. The app, which is in the final stages of testing, has been developed by Jerry Bromenshenk and a group of fellow bee experts at the University of Montana. It uses a form of artificial intelligence to analyse the sound that bees are making in order to deduce whether they are suffering from a number of maladies. Source: Bee Culture Magazine Date: May 3rd, 2019 Link: https://www.beeculture.com/catch-the-buzz-a-new-app-listens-to-the-problems-of-bees-matching-honey-bee-noises-to-their-ailments/ Discusssion (Note: David Firth, the author of this blog, is the business manager and co-developer of the Bee Health Guru app
  1. What are some of the issues of pushing a smartphone technology app on to beekeepers?
  2. What are some other possible applications of this app?

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At one time, the staggering success of the iPhone helped catapult Apple to become the world’s most valuable company. Now, its lackluster smartphone sales are dragging down Apple’s business.Apple (AAPL) said Tuesday that its revenue for the first three months of 2019 declined 5% from the year prior to $58 billion as it grappled with sluggish smartphone demand. iPhone sales for the period fell 17% from the year prior.For years, Apple’s iPhone business appeared to defy gravity as the company managed to sell more devices and gradually charge more for them. But that narrative was shattered at the beginning of this year when the company warned investors that iPhone sales had taken a hit from a slowdown in China amid an ongoing trade war. Source: CNN Technology News Date: May 3rd, 2019 Link: https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/30/tech/apple-q2-earnings/index.html Discussion
  1. Does it matter that iPhone sales are slowing down?
  2. What was last genuinely innovative thing Apple came up with?

Posted by & filed under FaceBook, Privacy.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Meets With Members Of Congress On Capitol Hill

The latest damning assessment of Facebook’s trampling of user privacy comes from the Canada and British Columbia privacy commissioners — which have just published the results of an investigation kicked off in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data misuse scandal last year.

They found the social network company committed serious contraventions of local laws and failed generally to take responsibility for protecting the personal information of Canadians.

Facebook  has disputed the findings and refused to implement the watchdogs’ recommendations — including refusing to voluntarily submit to audits of its privacy policies and practices over the next five years.

Source: Tech Crunch

Date: April 26th, 2019

Link: https://techcrunch.com/2019/04/25/facebook-broke-canadian-privacy-law-joint-probe-finds/

Discussion

  1. “Facebook’s refusal to act responsibly is deeply troubling given the vast amount of sensitive personal information users have entrusted to this company.”  And yet people will continue to use Facebook.  Why is it that most users don’t care about their own privacy?
  2. What could you do to impact how people view their own privacy online?